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BABY it’s the weekend: some parents dread it; others count down the hours, its completely acceptable to have a love-hate relationship with the weekends once you have a little one. We thought we would assist with cabin fever and create our very own baby bucket list on what to do in and around the city that’s Covid compliant too.

So here are our top 6 things to help you survive weekends with baby:

1. Casalinga Organic Farm

What we love: The quality and caliber of food here is outstanding. Take your family to this exquisite outdoor location where you can bask outside in the sunshine under the trees and take your little one to play on the playground, or picnic in the gardens.

Best for baby: you’ll so appreciate being outdoors under the flowing trees. Bring a play mat and a few toys and babe can be entertained all afternoon long, whilst you wine and dine (minus the wine).

Casalinga Organic Farm Hello Joburg

Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift


2. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

What we love: children under 6 are FREE! It won’t cost you a cent for the kidlets, just bring your own food and drink and blanket oh and also a rubbish bag because there are no dustbins inside the gardens. Adults sorry but there is a R55 charge for you, no special treatment.

Best for babe: Babe will be mesmerized for hours (okay maybe 2.3 minutes) watching the rolling waterfalls oh and if you’re brave enough you can also go for a mini-hike around the gardens.

Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort


3. Willow Feather Farm

What we love: You can shop for your plants and herbs and garden tools and also grab a bite to eat while playing with the farm animals so it’s a win-win!

Best for baby: Your mini-me will adore all the farm animals, who are beautifully looked after, the facilities are clean and the animals are happy and in excellent condition. Take a walk around the yard to hear the baaing and bleating and there are also countless play areas for kids of all ages throughout the gardens.

Willow Farm Garden View

Portion 37, Doornkloof East, Irene


4. The Houghton Hotel

What we love: it doesn’t get more fancy than this. We’re also not sure if this is more for the parents but hey you lot also deserve some R&R! You can book a spa treatment at the Amani Spa and a Pilates class at Fitbar, while you spoil hubby with a round of golf followed by a soothing swim and a poolside luncheon, heaven!

Best for baby: if you have a boujee baby, this is perfect for your prince/princess. Five-star treatment and a dip in the crystal blue pool, fresh smoothies on tap and mingling with Jozi’s elite.

The Houghton Hotel PoolView

Lloys Ellis Ave, Houghton Estate


5. Irene Dairy Farm

What we love: It’s a working dairy farm in the city, we mean! What’s not to love? There is a stunning barn restaurant where you can dine under the old oak trees and there is no need to book.Oh and you can shop their local produce like eggs, milk, cheese, biscuits and all from local suppliers.

Best for baby: if your babe is a glutton/gastronome this covid safe spot is perfect. There are awesome antique tractors to explore, state-of-the-art jungle gyms and farm animals too.

Nellmapius Road, Irene, Centurion


6. Little Paris

I know that we said Top 5 but we just had to add this little gem in.

What we love: you can pretend to be in Paris for the day when actually you’re in the heart of Hartbeespoort. They even have a lock bridge where you can make a wish and engrave a lock on the walkway and get a family photo taken under the “Eiffel Tower”. Amour!

Best for baby: After exploring sit at the uber cool Parisian café, French Toast Koffie Kafee and babe will be engulfed by the smells of golden fried French toast topped banana and peanut butter.

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